Spooner Farms is located in the Puyallup Valley of Washington state, and it has been in the same family since the late 1800’s. A working farm that produces multiple varieties of pumpkins, squash and corn, it is also open for the public to enjoy and features a corn maze in the autumn, an impressive pumpkin patch and much more. It is well known for its fall festival, which brings in visitors from miles away. Produce grown on the farms can be purchased on the farm itself and also at farmers markets in a number of locations in the Pacific Northwest.
The Puyallup Valley is known for its excellent berries, and Spooner Farms has been contributing to berry harvests since the 1800’s. Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are harvested in July and August on the farms, and visitors are welcome to enjoy homemade berry fudge and berry smoothies during the summer months. The berry season is also the time for jam-makers to take advantage of the superior berries grown on the farms by making a purchase.
Arguably the best time to visit the farms is during autumn. That’s when the mystifying corn maze is in operation, and that’s when the time is right to hand-pick some of the 47 varieties of the farm’s pumpkins to carve as jack-o-lanterns or turn into pumpkin pie. For the fun-loving of all ages, Spooner Farms even has pumpkin slingshots!
Autumn is also a good time to get a head start on holiday shopping by shopping for rustic gifts at the farms. The farms operate a gift shop on the weekends, and face-painting is also offered on the weekends as well. The candy at the store is usually a big hit with children and adults alike. Roasted corn is available on many weekends during the autumn.
Caramel apples from Spooner Farms are available during the fall, and the activity barn is open for those who want to try their hand at different traditional pastimes. It’s a also a good time to see the farm’s many animals up close and in person. Because of the abundance of wholesome and enjoyable activities, the farms are a popular destination for school field trips and other excursions during the fall months. Visitors get pulled around the farms on a tram hitched to a tractor.
A history of hard work and commitment
Spooner Farms were founded by Antone Spooner, who moved to the Pulyallup Valley from California and planted the first crops in 1882. Initially, he focused on producing hops and dairy products. He married a local girl around the same time, and the subsequent generations of their offspring have been operating the farms ever since.
Antone Spooner believed in giving back to the community, and this tradition continues on the farms to this day. In fact, the family gives to a variety of local causes and charities. They even have an application process to become one of their recipients available on their website.